Physical Therapy D.P.T.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) program at the University of Vermont (UVM) consists of 102 graduate credits offered in a 2.5-year full-time program format, over 8 semesters inclusive of summers, that leads to a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. The program is well recognized for preparing D.P.T graduates as primary care movement system experts who translate evidence into contemporary best practice. Graduates advocate to improve health outcomes and well-being at the individual and community level.
The movement system is the foundation of the curriculum design. Organized in a systems-based model, the curriculum integrates the basic and clinical sciences across the musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular/pulmonary, integumentary and endocrine systems to facilitate student ability to develop as movement system experts. Additionally, the study of evidenced based practice, leadership and professional formation, health policy, business management, and social responsibility shape the students’ professional role and identity as a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Students engage in an array of active learning experiences with multiple opportunities for interprofessional education and community engagement. Integrated clinical experiences and 32 weeks of full time clinical internships broaden student professional preparation. Internships are offered throughout the U.S. in a variety of specialty areas and assignments are based on students' educational needs and clinical site availability. Students are responsible for all costs associated with clinical internships.
Exceptional faculty role model clinical and research expertise across each of the specialty areas of physical therapist practice to facilitate student development as movement system experts.
The faculty members below are in addition to those who have been formally appointed as Graduate Faculty members:
Dee, Justine; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science; M.S., University of Vermont, PT, Northeastern University
Smith, Paula; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science; D.P.T., Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia
Program Mission and Vision
The UVM DPT program mission is to prepare D.P.T. graduates to lead and collaborate in the quest of promoting the health of individuals, communities and society through movement and exercise in order to optimize function, activity, and participation across environments. UVM graduates are movement system experts who provide ethical, evidence- based, client-centered services in a culturally sensitive manner as they serve society to enhance quality of life. Graduates are decision makers in the primary care team who have a clear understanding of the importance of lifelong learning that will support their client, patient and professional needs. The program's vision is to be recognized for leadership in its contribution to the creation, advancement, and dissemination of translational research while striving toward excellence to educate D.P.T. scholars who collaborate to "transform society by optimizing movement," and promote individual and population health of our communities and society.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national licensure examination administered through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
The DPT program at UVM is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314.
Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy
Applicants must complete the prerequisite course requirements and a baccalaureate degree in any major from UVM or any regionally accredited institution. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree from institutions outside the U.S. will also be considered.
Applicants to the D.P.T. program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in their undergraduate studies. All applicants must complete the following prerequisite courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher prior to entry into the DPT program:
- 2 semesters of anatomy/physiology
- 2 semesters of college chemistry with labs
- 2 semesters of physics with labs
- 2 semesters of biology (not botany or zoology)
- 1 semester of psychology
- 1 semester of statistics
All Applicants must complete the Common Application through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS), a division of the American Physical Therapy Association. Follow all instructions on the site. Application materials should be submitted directly to PTCAS and includes:
- 3 letters of recommendation, one of which must come from an academic faculty member
- Official Transcript(s) from all U.S. and Canadian schools attended. PTCAS and the UVM D.P.T. program accept prerequisite credits from regionally accredited institutions only. For international applicants, transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an official service and sent to the CNHS Office of Student Services
Optional: Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. GRE Code is 7708. Minimum preferred scores are 150 Quantitative, 150 Verbal and 4.0 Writing. Scores must be received by the application deadline
Complete the supplemental UVM Graduate College Application form. Include the following information:
- Upload a document that reads: "See essay on the PTCAS application."
- Application Fee
- Note: No transcripts, letters of recommendation or other materials submitted in the PTCAS application need to be submitted to the University of Vermont.
If applying to the combined DPT/PhD in Neuroscience program select the DPT/NGP option on the supplemental application. See website for details.
Complete the D.P.T. Prerequisite Course Completion form.
Minimum Degree Requirements
The UVM D.P.T. program requires successful completion of 102 graduate credits.
Curriculum for Class of 2022, 2023 and 2024:
|ANNB 300||Human Gross Anatomy||6|
|DPT 401||Health Systems I - Policy||2|
|DPT 450||Professional Form/Leadershp I||1|
|DPT 405||Clinical Medicine||4|
|DPT 406||Exercise Science||3|
|DPT 410||Fundamentals of Clinical Pract||3|
|DPT 411||Movement System I||3|
|DPT 414||Clinical Reasoning||2|
|DPT 415||Psychsoc Aspcts Hlth Wellbeing||3|
|DPT 407||Pharmacology and Nutrition||1|
|DPT 408||Fundamentals Critical Inquiry||3|
|DPT 412||Movement System II||4|
|DPT 420||Musculoskeletal Management I||4|
|DPT 451||Prof Formation/Leadrshp II-ICE||2|
|DPT 421||Musculoskeletal Management II||4|
|DPT 423||Neurological Management I||4|
|DPT 426||Cardiovasc and Pulmonary Mgt||3|
|DPT 452||Prof Formatn/Leadrshp III-ICE||2|
|DPT 493||Doctoral Research Project I||1|
|DPT 402||Health Sys II-Quality Improvmt||2|
|DPT 422||Musculoskeletal Management III||3|
|DPT 424||Neurological Management II||3|
|DPT 427||Integmnt, Endocrine, Multi Sys||3|
|DPT 494||Doctoral Research Project II||2|
|DPT 460||Clinical Edu Experience I||2|
|DPT 403||Health Sys III-Business Mgt||2|
|DPT 404||Health Sys IV-Health Promotion||3|
|DPT 416||Rehabilitation Technology||3|
|DPT 425||Neurological Management III||3|
|DPT 453||Prof Form/Leadrshp IV-ICE/IPE||2|
|DPT 495||Doctoral Research Project III||2|
|DPT 413||Movement System III||4|
|DPT 461||Clinical Edu Experience IIA||2|
|DPT 496||Special Topics||2|
|DPT 462||Clinical Edu Experience IIB||2|
|DPT 463||Clinical Edu Experience III||4|
Students will be recommended for graduation by the DPT faculty if they:
- Receive no more than 2 passing course grades below a B
- Obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the end of their didactic course work
- Pass their Comprehensive Examination
- Pass all clinical internships and clinical education coursework expectations during their clinical experience and receive no more than one U grade in a clinical education course (that was successfully retaken for a S grade)
- Illustrate evidence of professional behaviors commensurate with professional doctoral practice in physical therapy
Limited Waiver Option
The DPT program faculty, under special circumstances, may allow a waiver of up to 6 credits based on prior knowledge. A course waiver form inclusive of prior knowledge supporting documentation must be submitted to the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee and Program Director (PD) in consultation with the curriculum committee at least 2 weeks prior to the semester where the potentially waived course is offered. The DPT APR Committee will review all requests for recommendation to the PD. Students will receive notification of decision in writing and the Graduate College will be notified when a waiver has been approved.. The student assumes responsibility for all content of any approved course waiver.
The examination takes the form of a small group research project or a systematic review and an individual student portfolio. Both culminate in a written paper and an oral dissemination/defense. The written paper and presentations may take multiple formats and must be satisfactorily completed by the end of the program. Should students not pass the comprehensive examination, they will have 1 additional opportunity to remediate and provide evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes of the comprehensive examination prior to being able to graduate from the program.
Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy
Successful completion of all graded graduate credits with a 3.00 GPA or better and the comprehensive examination.